Tuesday, November 11, 2014

OSINT NEWS- US SPY AGENCY HAPPENINGS!

 
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THIS WEEK'S U.S. SPY AGENCY HAPPENINGS! (11/10/14)

**The Central Intelligence Agency launched a fascinating stream about how the Iran hostage rescue depicted in the film “Argo” really went down. The CIA stream focuses on the 35th anniversary of the start of the Iran hostage crisis. They held a day-long “real vs. reel” tweetstorm correcting some facts in the 2012 Academy Award-winning movie "Argo" and the specifics about how the CIA quietly rescued a handful of diplomats caught up in the crisis. Note: I met Tony Mendez in Cleveland Heights, Ohio at an AFIO chapter event and lunched with him for two hours. He spoke about operation "ARGO" before the movie was made. Here's an article about Mendez I wrote: "ARGO reveals a CIA Hero: Antonio Mendez."

**A classified CIA study of the practice of arming insurgencies around the world finds that the strategy rarely worked without direct support from Americans on the ground. According to the New York Times, this still-classified agency review of the practice was conducted during debate over arming rebels in Syria. It was one of the many CIA studies commissioned in 2012 and 2013 as the Obama administration considered how to counter Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces amid the nation’s civil war

** Retired Marine Corps intelligence officers Ben Connable, now at the RAND Corp., says "I'm not aware of any successful decapitation strike that resulted in the end of an insurgency." The Pentagon has been unable to confirm reports that the leader of the Islamic State was injured or killed this weekend, but his loss wouldn't necessarily spell the end of the organization.

**Shut down the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) to make America safer. It's a massive department that wastes taxpayer dollars and abuses civil liberties. Replaced the DHS with a small, focused and efficient set of federal security and intelligence agencies.

** The head of US naval intelligence has not been able to

view classified information for an entire year. US Navy VADM Ted Branch, the director of naval intelligence, had his security clearance suspended in November 2013 after being investigated for possible misconduct. In the year since, no charges have been filed and there is no sense of when they might be, leaving the Navy in an untenable situation.
 

**The recently formed Defense Clandestine Service (DCS), the elite in-house spying operation of the US Department of Defense (DOD), is training a large force of new military-intelligence agents to conduct covert operations around the world.

Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and publishes the online spy series "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean". His views are his own and do not represent those of any agency he is a member of. We welcome comments and suggestions- contact OSINT News on the Secure Contact Form.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

THIS WEEK'S HAPPENINGS IN THE U.S. SPY AGENCIES! (11/01/14)

** CIA Torture Memos: CIA refuses to make torture report readable, it is reported in the media, and blames Senate for delay. The Central Intelligence Agency is firing back at allegations that it is responsible for delaying the release of the Senate report on the controversial post-9/11 interrogation program, insisting that lawmakers themselves are to blame.

** FBI impersonates repairmen to go after Las Vegas gambling ring! Like a scene out of a Hollywood thriller, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) cut internet service at a Las Vegas hotel to enable agents, posing as technicians, to enter villas and gather evidence against the illicit gambling ring.
"Think I'll hit the Craps Table after this mission is done."

**Is NSA chief the ultimate inside trader? At the same time that he was running the National Security Agency (NSA),  former National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander owned and sold shares in obscure commodities linked to China and Russia, two countries that the NSA was spying on heavily.


**The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has remained relatively low profile and doesn't attract the intrigue of the CIA nor the umbrage directed toward the National Security Agency (NSA). But, it's posed for primetime!

** The U.S. Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police teamed up in a program known as "Shiprider". It allows for joint law enforcement and security across the maritime border between Canada and the United States. The "Shiprider" program maintains vessels with jointly trained personnel patrolling the border, allowing cross-border surveillance and interdiction under the command and laws of the country of operation.

"Welcome aboard, eh?"
 
**The Treasury's Office of International Office of Intelligence and Analysis fights to bankrupt the Islamic State. "Like the wider military campaign to degrade and destroy the terrorist outfit, it will be a long, drawn-out affair", said the Treasury Department's David Cohen, who heads the unit that tracks terrorist financing. Given that the group is "the best-funded terrorist organization we have confronted," it also offers the United States plenty of opportunities to try to strike at its coffers.

Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and publishes the online spy series "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean". His views are his own and do not represent those of any agency he is a member of. We welcome comments and suggestions- contact OSINT News on the Secure Contact Form.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

AIR FORCE INTELLIGENCE AGENCY HAPPENINGS- 10/30/14

 
**The National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) has chosen three companies for its nearly $1 billion, next generation support deal. NASIC, produces “predictive intelligence” for air, space and cyberspace for the Air Force, as well as policy makers and others in the Defense Department. It has a $350 million annual budget.

**Former AF ISR Agency now numbered Air Force As the Air Force's premier intelligence organization approaches its 66th Anniversary, it will mark the occasion under a new unit name and structure. The Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency is now the Twenty-Fifth Air Force, following its re-designation ceremony Sept. 29 in the headquarters Ardisana Courtyard on Security Hill.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

CIA HAPPENINGS- OCTOBER 29, 2014

**Various Senators, including the Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), have complained that the White House and the CIA are withholding “key facts” in the published version of the so-called "torture report". CIA says that isn't the case. 
 
**The CIA and other U.S. spy agencies recruited at least 1,000 former Nazis as spies and informants during the Cold War and went to great lengths to cover up that many of the former Nazis were living in the U.S., the New York.
 
**GOP pitching itself as a more suitable partner for CIA Director John Brennan and the National Security Agency than the Senate Democratic majority, which has sparred with them over data snooping and adherence to congressional oversight.

**Holy Twitter! When the CIA went on Twitter, within minutes it was the tweet heard round the world, reports CBS News correspondent Julianna Goldman. "We had 1,000 new followers joining us a minute around the world, and we were just watching this on the computers, just stunned." 

Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and publishes the online spy series "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean". His views are his own and do not represent those of any agency he is a member of. We welcome comments and suggestions- contact OSINT News on the Secure Contact Form.

WILL MAJOR TERRORIST ATTACK HIT U.S.?

     I'm referring to terrorism conducted by radical Islam, not homegrown violence carried out by the KKK, white supremacists, anti-government groups, fascist extremists, Christian extremists, Black militancy, etc. Terrorism has been defined as "the systematic use or threatened use of violence to intimidate a population or government and thereby effect political, religious, or ideological change." 
     Please indicate if you feel a major terrorist attack will occur inside America within a year, and if you believe so, what type of attack will it be?

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DO YOU THINK TERRORISTS WILL ATTACK AMERICA WITHIN ONE YEAR FROM TODAY. IF "YES", WHAT METHOD(S) WILL THEY USE?
YES NO Cyber Nuclear bomb Chemical Biological Radioactive dirty bomb Regular explosives Firearms   

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

STARBUCKS GOES "CLOAK AND DAGGER" AT CIA

     It's not "business as usual" for the Starbucks franchise housed inside the CIA headquarters in Langley, VA. This particular chain, code-named "Store Number 1", operates much differently than their other 12,000+ stores in the U.S.- not surprising when it must accommodate clandestine spymasters working for the most powerful spy organization in the world.

 
     Servers do not ask for the customer's name (which they normally write on the coffee cup to expedite things), for undercover agents grow uncomfortable when someone asks for it. They can't give the Starbucks' server their a.k.a. handles either, for that nom de plume, if discovered by the wrong people, could get them killed on an overseas assignment. Even the receipts the baristas hand back have "Store Number 1" cryptically printed on them.
     Each maĆ®tre d' goes through a robust interview and background check before they are even told that they will be working at the CIA Starbucks. There are nine baristas working there and whenever they leave their work area, a CIA "minder" escorts them. All are often briefed about security risks and must report if someone is really interested in where they work or asks too many questions about their employment. They can't even blow their own horns about working inside the CIA at nightclubs or parties and, if asked, can only tell friends, family members and acquaintances that they work in a federal building.
     And what about the wonderful Starbucks Awards program with those loyalty deals? It would be great to offer America's spy force this great program where they can get free drink and food rewards, custom offers, early access to new Starbuck products and make easy payments with their mobile app. Well, the program is absent at Store Number 1, for CIA clandestine operatives could be potentially exposed if the data on their loyalty cards fell into the wrong hands.

 
     Yes, Store Number 1 is a cloak-and-dagger Starbucks operation. It is also one of their busiest, for the customers remain captive, all day long. The intelligence analysts, undercover operatives and case officers, economists, engineers, geographers and cartographers who work on the CIA's highly-secured campus are not permitted to leave the "office" and go downtown for a coffee break in the middle of the day. The caffeine-addicted staff flocks to "stealthy Starbucks", as they code named it, for a respite from gathering intelligence, planning covert operations, and preparing the Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) that provides the president of the United States with up-to-the-minute intelligence on sensitive international situations.
     Those working at the CIA need and deserve a break from their windowless cubicles to sip an Espresso with bittersweet mocha sauce and steamed milk topped with whipped cream while munching on a buttery muffin stuffed with seasonal blueberries, yogurt and honey. Hopefully, they can unwind at Store Number 1 and return refreshed to their duties. After all, if they don't remain attentive and vigilant for hours on end as they pour through classified documents...people could die.
 
Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and publishes the online spy series "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean". His views are his own and do not represent those of any agency he is a member of. We welcome comments and suggestions- contact OSINT News on the Secure Contact Form.